Find Your Way in the Outdoors with the Wind

Find Your Way in the Outdoors with the Wind


The more about nature and its way to point your directions, helping you to find your way through the outdoors, the bigger the chances for you to survive when get lost out there.

Sure, some may have a compass or any other gadget helping them with the orientation. There are many ways to get an idea about where you are and where you’re heading too. You do need to learn about them and practice them with every single chance so that, should the situation appears, you manage to find your way back home on your own.

Sand and snow

Even though you may not see it, hot sand deserts are quite similar to the Polar Regions and sand behaves amazingly similar to the cold snow in so many ways. The shape, the size and orientation of dunes depend a lot on the sand, vegetation, but wind and its dominant direct are just as important.

Try to see the difference between waves and dunes. The ripples of sand and the ripples of snow in Polar Regions tell you about the wind direction. The ripples aren’t big at all and they’re not taller than a few inches, in most cases. You shouldn’t rely on them though since they may be formed very fast even by a substantial local wind.

You should look for the signs in vegetation/snow/sand/other objects that prevailing winds leave. you’re going to find, almost everywhere in the world, a prevailing wind from a specific direction, dominating certain times of the year or even all year round.

If you like the outdoors and all of its challenges, you need to learn about the impressions that the prevailing winds leave behind so that you find your direction. Nature does gives you a lot of clues, but you do need to know how to understand and use for your own help those clues.

The trees

If you’re in an area with strong winds, you’re going to notice how the trees have been affected to lean in a specific direction. The moment you remark this; you may tell from which direction the local prevailing wind is actually blowing.

For instance, when the trees are leaning north, chances are that the wind typically blows from the south. The direction tells you where the air is coming from. A southerly direction always mean the wind is blowing south to north.

On top of mountains and everywhere the prevailing winds are extremely strong, you’re going to notice an impressive growth of branches and leaves on the sheltered side. The “flag trees” with branches extending from only one side are a great way to help you and do look like some flags.

The breeze

You may find yourself lost in a region with a more fluctuating pattern of air movement and it’s important to become aware of them.

Anyone living near the coast is familiar with the sea breeze. The wind is blowing in from the water in the afternoon, whereas at night the air changes its direction and blows from the land towards the water.

The cold or the warm air

If you’re that unlucky and need to travel without a compass (but you should always be cautious and never go out there without a reliable one), you need at least the learn the signs that nature give you to find your direction.

For instance, in the Northern hemisphere, air from north is typically colder than from the once coming from south. In the southern hemisphere, the situation is the other way around.